blow·​hard | \ ˈblō-ˌhärd How to pronounce blowhard (audio) \
plural blowhards

Definition of blowhard

: an arrogantly and pompously boastful or opinionated person : braggart, windbag … was trapped in a hellish marriage to … a struttingly insensitive macho blowhard.— Owen Gleiberman But he was seen by many in Congress as a blowhard, given to long-winded talks bristling with allusions to the Bible, ancient history, and the Constitution.— Thomas E. Ricks

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Examples of blowhard in a Sentence

a politician who is the stereotypical backslapping blowhard a blowhard who always had to act like she was better than anyone else

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SNL’s Trump is a blowhard, a depiction that few Trump supporters would deny is rooted somewhere in reality. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "So it’s come to this: a defense of SNL’s over-obvious sendup of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 3 Oct. 2018 Choppy ice conditions kept causing pucks to wobble, a product of 90-degree temperatures outside (and not hot air wheezed by blowhards whining about an expansion team’s success). Alex Prewitt,, "Golden Knights, Capitals Provide Game 1 Cup Final Spectacle Fitting for Vegas," 29 May 2018 In what are probably Sen. John McCain’s last months, the former POW and Republican presidential nominee has been denounced as a traitor, a collaborator, an egomaniac, a blowhard, a fake, a liberal and, worst of all, irrelevant. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "Hating McCain: Grant, Ted Kennedy and Nixon got a break at the end. But times change.," 23 May 2018 Conservative blowhards are quick to tell black people that slavery was something a few white men did centuries ago. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Free Thought Is for White People," 2 May 2018 Stephen Colbert, inhabiting his parody of a right-wing blowhard, did the same thing to George W. Bush in 2006. Staff,, "Comment here on court and crime stories for Monday, April 30, 2018," 30 Apr. 2018 The choice this time was a larger deterrent -- or be seen as a blowhard. Tim Lister, CNN, "Syria strikes: The real impact is in Moscow," 14 Apr. 2018 And Hollis’s troupe, in which God is played by a mellifluous blowhard named Larking, has good reason to doubt him. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Amateurs’ Takes On God, Noah’s Ark and the Plague. For Laughs.," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of blowhard

1848, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blowhard

US, informal + disapproving : a person who talks too much and who has strong opinions that other people dislike

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